Not only does the end of the year wrap up with the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl but the pre-game experience is filled with family-friendly fun, and a chip to chip challenge as to who will crowned the next Nacho King or Nacho Queen?
Wrapping up a national tour that made more than 100 stops this year alone, the Grammy-nominated Gin Blossoms will return to their native Arizona on December 30 to perform at the Desert Diamond Casino Tailgate Festival, the epic entertainment experience that will rally fans for the second NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl at Arizona Stadium.
“The Gin Blossoms got their start right here in Arizona, and we thought there was no better backdrop for their energy and talent than at one of college football’s most exciting post-season events right here in Tucson,” said Mike Feder, executive director of the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl. “This will be a great and rare opportunity for our fans to celebrate the Gin Blossoms’ return to their roots.”
The concert is part of an afternoon of activities that will delight virtually every sense. The Desert Diamond Casino Tailgate Festival will also feature a Kids Zone with inflatables games, a convoy of food trucks and other food tents, a beer garden, team bands and cheerleaders, and a “Get Involved Village” showcasing the work of many of Tucson’s charities.
And in what might be the largest congregation of nacho purveyors at a single event, Modelo will present the Nacho Average Tailgate Festival featuring the work of more than 30 gourmet nacho craftspeople who will engage in a chip-to-chip challenge for the coveted title of Nacho King or Nacho Queen. Attendees will be able to sample each nacho entry and cast a vote for their favorite. The winner will be crowned at halftime of the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl later that afternoon.
The tailgate will take place on the University of Arizona Mall on December 30 from 11 am – 3 pm. A bowl game ticket is all that guests will need for entry to the event, with an additional $15 fee for access to the Nacho Average Tailgate Festival.
Owned and operated by TD4Tucson, a Tucson-based non-profit organization, the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl will kick off on December 30, 2016, at 3:30 pm MST at Arizona Stadium. In its debut last year, the Bowl raised more than $85,000 for local charities and contributed $16 million in local economic impact. This year’s game will feature teams from the Mountain West and Sun Belt Conferences, with partnership support from American Sports Network, Arizona Sports and Entertainment Commission, and Campus Insiders. For more information visit www.NOVAArizonaBowl.com.